Arrrgh you ready for Pirates Week sports?

Many people associate Pirates Week with pageantry, partying and heritage events but the annual festival also has its share of sporting events focused on swimmers and distance runners.

First up is the Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet hosted by Stingray Swim Club at Lions Aquatic Centre from Thursday, 10 November to Sunday, 13 November, 2016. It begins at 3:30 p.m. on the opening day, then 7:00 p.m. the next, and 8:00 a.m. on the weekend days.

As usual, the Pirates Week Festival will host its series of fun runs; the Pirates Week 5K on the first week end of festivities and the “To Hell and Back 10k” on the final weekend of events. Both run/walk events are geared for people of all fitness levels and carry a $25 registration fee. However, people signing up for both event can save $10 on their total entry fee. Interested people can register online at The first 100 entrants of either event will also receive a free event t-shirt.

The Pirates Week 5k begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 11 November. The deadline to register for that event is Wednesday, 8 November. The post-race celebrations will be held at the Bar Crudo gazebo on Harbour Drive. Proceeds from this event go to the 345 Athletic Club.

Check-in/late registration – 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on day of the race in front of Bayshore Mall. The race begins at 5:30 p.m. and starts and finishes in front of South Terminal, moving south on Harbour Drive to South Church Street to a designated turn around point and return.

On Monday, 14 November, the 36th Annual Pirates Week 5K swim takes place on Seven Mile Beach starting at 7:30 a.m. The entry fee for Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association (CIASA) members is CI$25 and for non-CIASA members is CI$30.

“We are delighted that Emily Brunemann and Sean Ryan, open water swimmers who have been on the US National Open Water Team since 2008, will be here for the 5K,” said CIASA President Michael Lockwood “and we look forward to them experiencing some of the best open water swimming conditions in the world – right here off Seven Mile Beach.”

The 5K open water swim is a challenging distance and members of the public are encouraged to come out, enjoy an early morning on the beach and support our swimmers – some of whom will be tackling this distance for the first time.

All swimmers are provided with swim caps, which must be worn for safety reasons and there are event T-Shirts, trophies for the top three male and female finishers in each age group and refreshments provided at the end of the race.

The “To Hell and Back 10k” begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, 20 November. It has a deadline of Wednesday, 16, November. It is important to note there will be no race day registration. A complimentary post-race breakfast will be held at Calico Jack’s Restaurant on Seven Mile Public Beach.

For more information, log on to or contact the Pirates Week Office via email at or 949-5078.

Meantime, the Pirates Week Charity Golf Classic that was due to tee off on Friday, 28 October, has been postponed until early 2017.

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